Renan discovered his passion for climbing while attending Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a member of the small community of climbers there, he honed his skills, deepened his connection to the sport of climbing and dreamed of the remote and beautiful places it could take him.
Renan graduated with a degree in biology but not before traveling to Nepal to study the language and culture of a country to which he is still intimately connected. Renan has spent multiple seasons climbing in Indian Creek, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Squamish, and the Bugaboos before heading off to more remote Himalayan objectives. The stunning scenery of these locations serves as inspiration for Renan’s other passion, his artwork, which has created just as much of a buzz as his rock skills.
Currently Renan is continuing to hone his art in the form of film-making and has produced several award winning expedition films that combine cutting edge climbing and unique “from the athlete” story-telling.
Favorite Snack: Fuji apple with almond butter
Most Humbling Moment: Climbing solo on knots in the Czech Republic, screaming and scared silly
Inspiration within Your Sport: Humble climbers who have a great attitude even in failure
Off-Season Activities: Mountain biking, don’t really have an off-season :)
What gets you up in the morning and keeps you going throughout the day?? Espresso, dramatic landscapes
Why do you like being sponsored by The North Face vs. another company? Everyone is down to earth from the CEO to the Athlete Manager to the Product Developers
Favorite The North Face Product: Sentry Mclean Hoodie
Favorite Destination for Your Sport: Yosemite/Himalaya
Favorite Movie: Baraka
Items You Always Pack: A simple “Yosemite” bic pen for drawing, my iPhone for communication and music, and my basecamp duffel to help harness the junk show of gear I’m hauling around the planet.
Which Causes Are You Passionate About: The Khumbu Climbing School, Girls Ed International, Outdoor Nation, EIS
Proudest Moment of Your Career: Climbing into ancient cliff-cave systems in the Tibetan plateau–discovering pre-Buddhist artwork and human remains
Favorite Music: Random Rab Electronica
Favorite Vice at Basecamp: Coffee from my little Aelissi 9090 espresso maker
Favorite Place to Travel: Nepal because I’ve spent so much time there, speak the language and love how open/genuine the culture is.
Bugaboos Provincial Park, BC:
Indian Creek, UT:
Joshua Tree, CA: